Mar 18, 1925
|Dead||Aug 30, 2014 (89 years old)|
Born in Rennes Frédo Garel was principally an amateur footballer before becoming a exceptional coach. He played for TA Rennes during the 1950s before converting to a coach. In 1954, he took his coaching badge course, finishing top of the class with a distinction, whilst he was still a player. His coaching and managerial journey began there, and he would become very versatile during his career in football. He was the manager of the French Sports and Culture Federation, and then International Catholic Federation for Physical and Sports Education in Madagascar, where he trained coaches and developed young players on the island. He would then go on to manage Le Havre from 1972/1973, before joining Rennes to manage the youth and amateur sections. In 1973, he would win the French FA Youth Cup (Coupe Gambardella) with such talented youngsters as Hiard, Arribart and Gourcuff. At the end of February in 1975, he replaced Cédolin as Caretaker Manager, until Cuissard arrived in March 1975. He returned to his previous club, TA Rennes, in 1977 as a manager, and he created a Football Academy for the 5-7 year old age group, whilst taking charge of the scouting and development of the youth players. He became club President in 1987 and stayed in the role until 1993, whilst still taking charge of the youngest age category, and was also the Brittany Regional League's technical advisor. Having accumulated a wealth of knowledge and skills in football development, he would publish three coaching manuals. He passed away aged 89 years old, on 30th August 2014.